Monday, December 30

January Whole30: Grocery & Meal Lists

It's on this post that we will regularly update our grocery & meal lists throughout the January Whole30. We hope you find this useful, whether it's to help you better prepare, or to give you ideas on recipes and different foods/items.

Preparation is key

Many of our Featured Whole30'ers have pointed out the importance of preparation in a successful Whole30. Some people learn the hard way by scrambling last-minute to remain compliant, while others are diligent planners by nature. Jessie and I have been eating Paleo/Primal since October 2012, and yet we still have to be deliberate in preparation. It's this intentional planning -- even outside of a Whole30 -- that can make life much easier and, by extension, make you much healthier.

Our Ritual

Every weekend (either Saturday or Sunday depending on the weekends' events) we sit down to look at our upcoming weeks and plan our meals accordingly. We scale complexity around busyness, saving the easier meals for busier days. If we know we're eating out, we try and influence the location that better serves Paleo. If the location has been pre-decided, we take a look at the menu ahead of time. We keep compliant 'emergency' snacks on hand at all times in case we get in a bind (see "Traveling on a Whole30" on the Whole30 tab). After the meals have been decided we look to see what foods/ingredients we need to pick up. We make our list, and off we go.

Grocery & Meal Lists

List #2: (Meals for 1/5 - 1/11)
Another interesting list in that Jessie is traveling for work, and Brian has dinner plans again. This week we'll look to cook up some delicious recipes, but still rely on some easier cooking methods for efficiency. Saturday will be our shopping day, and we'll also begin preparing meals on Sunday for the remainder of the week.

Sunday, 1/5

List #1: (Meals for 1/2 - 1/4)
This list will be unique in that we're intentionally simplifying all of our meals. Given the fact that this Whole30 will start mid-week the day after New Year's makes it a little more difficult to carve out adequate time to shop and prepare. This week: simpler = better!

Thursday, 1/2
  • Breakfast: bacon/eggs/avocado, blackberries
  • Lunch: salad w/ grilled chicken (or canned tuna), olives, cherry tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, radish, artichoke hearts -- dressing: apple cider vinegar, olive oil
  • Dinner*: H&G Supply Co: a Paleo-friendly restaurant you should definitely check out!(an easy alternative would be steak, sweet potato, green beans)
  • Snacks**: almond/cashew butter & apples, lara bars, carrot sticks and guacamole
*It is not optimal to eat out, (especially on Day 1!) but we planned this dinner with friends a while ago, and you can't be anti-social just because you're eating clean!
**While snacking isn't ideal on Whole30, it's completely OK. Starving isn't acceptable, and during the first week we like to be prepared. The idea is that your body will begin to metabolize fat for fuel, enabling you to go longer without getting hungry. But, this can take some time, so be patient, and snack if/when you truly need to.

Friday, 1/3
  • Breakfastbacon/eggs/avocado, blackberries
  • Lunch: steak salad -- lettuce, tomatoes, 
  • Dinner: Mexican bowl -- grass-fed ground beef, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo
  • Snack: Hard boiled egg, olives, sliced deli meat

Saturday, 1/4

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